Seven teams qualify for MHSAA state meet PHOTO GALLERY

  • Photo by Michelle Jackson Flat Rock High School varsity bowlers come together after a successful Division 3 regional tournament at Flat Rock Lanes. The girls are regional champions. The boys are runners-up. Both teams advance to the state finals this weekend. Kristi Hill coaches the girls’ team. Her father, Eric Painter, coaches the boys’ team.
  • The Huron boys’ team is Zac Scicluna (kneeling left), Tyler White and Cody Farr. Standing: Coach Larry Collins, Daniel Hollis, Jeremy Bonner, Josh Coffee, Anthony Munoz and Tony Leo.
  • The Kennedy boys are Coleman Kirk (kneeling left) and Coach Annette DeLong. Standing are Lucas Crider (left), Cody West, Klayton Williams, Mike Jones, Chris DeLong, Tyler Heaberlin and Jeremy Bedo.
  • The Kennedy girls are Becca West (kneeling left), Melissa Woloszyk and Kayla Reno. Standin gare June Bedo (left), Andrea Claypool, Alyssa Segura, Anna Hudak, Morgan Alexis, Kylie Reno and Coach Dan Dutcher.
  • The Richard boys’ team is Christian O'Callaghan (left), Jack Jerry, Zack Stempien, Zach Barr, Austin Stempien, Austin Kraemer, and Cody Rich. Not pictured Jesus Quiroz.
  • The Woodhaven girls are Tianna Hooks (left), Ashley Coghill, Lauren Collins, Alaina Miller, Ciara Rowell, Elizabeth Slane, Erika Crowley, Serena Belanger, Hannah Hatala, Marissa Strickland and Megan Valentic. In the front is Coach Justin Krolak.

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Seven Downriver high school varsity bowling teams and __ individual bowlers will compete for state championships this weekend.

The area bowlers will be in the hunt for state titles in each of the four divisions after they qualified during regional tournaments held last Friday and Saturday. Teams are grouped in divisions based on the student count at each of the schools.

The top three boys and girls teams from 24 regions qualified to advance to the finals, set for this Friday at four bowling centers around the state. The top 10 individual boys and girls at each regional will compete for state singles titles on Saturday.

Division 1

The Woodhaven High School girls team will be among the 18 squads battling for a state title on Friday at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights. In a tight race, the Warriors (3636 total pins) finished third behind Belleville (3674) and Warren Cousino (3665) in last Friday’s girls' regional at Woodhaven Lanes.

Wyandotte Roosevelt placed 11th (2771) in the girls' regional, while Southgate Anderson was 13th (2432). Roosevelt was the top-finishing Downriver team in the boys' regional, placing fifth with 3630 pins. Woodhaven was sixth (3586) and Anderson 11th (3498).

Members of Coach Justin Krolak’s Woodhaven squad are Serena Belanger, Hannah Hatala, Megan Valentic, Erika Crowley, Alaina Miller, Marissa Strickland, Ciara Rowell, Elizabeth Slane, Ashley Coghill, Lauren Collins and Marissa Jesue.

Belanger, a senior, and her freshmen teammates, Hatala and Valentic, also will be bowling in Saturday’s Division 1 singles tournament at Sunnybrook. Belanger finished fifth in the individual regional tournament with a six-game total of 1067. Hatala was sixth with 1057. And Valentic was seventh with 1045.

Wyandotte Roosevelt sophomore Cory Coffey was the Division 1 regional singles boys champion at Woodhaven Lanes with 1299 pins over the six games – 85 pins more than his nearest competitor. Coffey will be the lone Downriver bowler in the boys Division 1 singles tournament on Saturday.

Southgate Anderson senior Ryan Merchak was just eight pins away from qualifying for the 10th and final spot in the singles regional, finishing 13th with 1127 pins.

Division 2

The Kennedy High School boys and girls teams and the Huron boys team will compete for the state championship on Friday at Century Lanes in Waterford. The Kennedy boys won the regional title last Friday at Skore Lanes in Taylor. The Huron boys were runner-up. The Kennedy girls finished second to Tecumseh in their tournament and advance to the state finals for the eighth year in a row.

Kennedy boys finished with 4037 pins – 125 more than Huron. Trenton High School was fourth (3843), Truman seventh (3603), Romulus 10th (3419) and Riverview 11th (3319).

Kennedy girls finished second (3485). Trenton was sixth in the tournament (3082), Huron seventh (3063), Riverview ninth (2936), Romulus 11th (2783) and Truman 12th (2722).

Bowling for Coach Annette DeLong’s Kennedy boys team were Lucas Crider, Cody West, Klayton Williams, Mike Jones, Chris DeLong, Tyler Heaberlin and Jeremy Bedo.

Bowling for Coach Dan Dutcher’s Kennedy girls team were Becca West, Melissa Woloszyk, June Bedo, Andrea Claypool, Alyssa Segura, Anna Hudak, Morgan Alexis and Kayla and Kylie Reno.

Bowling for Coach Larry Collins’ Huron boys team were Zac Scicluna, Tyler White, Cody Farr, Daniel Hollis, Jeremy Bonner, Josh Coffee, Anthony Munoz and Tony Leo.

Eight Downriver singles bowlers will be part of the Division 2 individual state tournament on Saturday at Century Lanes. Kennedy juniors Morgan Alexis (1119 pins for six games) and Alyssa Segura (1116) placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in last Saturday’s girls regional at Skore.

They will be joined by six Downriver boys. Trenton junior David Owens was fourth in the regional with 1240 pins. Kennedy junior Heaberlin of Kennedy was fifth (1236). Huron juniors Bonner (1223) and Leo (1221) were sixth and seventh, respectively. Truman senior Rhys Hamilton was eighth (1181) and Kennedy sophomore Jones was ninth (1171).

Taylor resident Leon Hutchcraft, a senior at Dearborn Heights Annapolis, was the Division 2 regional champion with 1348 pins – 81 more than runner-up Dakota Kohler of Carleton Airport.

Kennedy senior DeLong finished just two pins short of qualifying for the state finals, taking 12th place with 1166 pins. Trenton senior Michael McQuillan was 14th with 1157. Huron senior Anthony Munoz was 15th (1150), Trenton senior Drew Johnson was 16th (1142).

In the girls’ regional, Huron junior Madison Simmers was 29 pins out of 10th place with 1079, followed closely by Kennedy senior Claypool (1058) and Huron sophomore Brandie Wallace (1048).

Division 3

The Flat Rock High School girls and boys teams will compete for the state title on Friday at Airport Lanes in Jackson. The Flat Rock girls ran away with the regional championship last Friday at Flat Rock Lanes. The boys finished runner-up to Jackson Lumen Christi.

The Lady Rams, who were state champions in 2012, finished the day with 3580 pins – 482 more than runner-up Monroe Jefferson. The Flat Rock boys finished with 3774 pins, 70 behind regional champion Jackson Lumen Christi.

Bowling for Coach Kristi Hill’s Flat Rock girls team were Holly McQuithey, Kayla Jackson, Lindsay Quednau, Jordan Bonner, Dakota Gurskey, Aleah Scibilia, Ashlee Smouthers and Karlie Lokuta.

Bowling for Coach Eric Painter’s Flat Rock boys team were Tyler Jackson, Wendell Rowland, Brett Zurawski, Aaron Wojtylko, Trevor Davis, Steven Flotte, Brandon Bonner and Camron Quednau.

Four Flat Rock girls qualified for the Division 3 state finals, led by senior McQuithey, who was regional champion with 1154 pins over six games. She edged out teammate Kayla Jackson, a sophomore, by seven pins. Senior Lindsay Quednau placed fourth with 1073 and sophomore Bonner was eighth with 956.

Two Flat Rock boys advanced from the regional to the state finals. Junior Tyler Jackson finished sixth with 1109. Rowland, a freshman, and Zurawski, a senior, were locked in a tie for 10th place with 1069 pins and Rowland won in a roll-off, 213-168, to advance.

In the boys regional, Wojtylko, a junior, finished tied for 16th (1025). On the girls’ side, Gurskey, a senior, placed 18th (899), just 37 pins out of the 10th qualifying spot.

In the Division 3 regional team tournament at Cherry Hill Lanes in Dearborn Heights, Cabrini High School finished in the middle of the pack. The Monarchs girls team was fifth in the 10-team field with 3289 pins; the boys were seventh in a 12-team field with 3148.

In the singles tournament, Cabrini junior Alex Dickinson was the top finisher on the girls side with a six-game series of 990 – 52 pins out of the final qualifying spot. In the boys event, Cabrini junior Nick Pilkington finished 12th, just 20 pins away from advancing to the state finals.

Division 4

Defending Division 4 boys state champion Gabriel Richard seeks to repeat after finishing second to Jonesville in Friday’s regional tournament at Airport Lanes in Jackson. The Pioneers will compete this weekend at M-66 Bowl in Battle Creek.

Gabriel Richard finished the day with 3734 pins, just 54 behind regional champion Jonesville. The Pioneers girls team placed 14th with 2529 pins.

Bowling for Coach Bob Stempien’s boys team were Christian O’Callaghan, Jack Jerry, Zack Stempien, Zach Barr, Austin Stempien, Austin Kraemer, Cody Rich and Jesus Quiroz.

Three GR boys advanced after qualifying among the top 10 finishers in the singles regional last Saturday. Senior Barr was third with 1163 pins, just 25 behind regional champ Zach White, a freshman from Hanover. GR senior O’Callaghan was fifth (1154) and sophomore Kraemer placed seventh (1144).

The regional was extremely tight as only 52 pins separated first place from 10th. The other three Pioneers in the singles regional finished among the top 22. Sophomore Austin Stempien was 14th (1116), just 20 pins out of the 10th qualifying place. Jerry, a junior, was 18th (1100) and Zack Stempien, a senior, was 22nd (1094).

Last Updated: 2/25/2014 2:32:28 PM EST